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10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE FOR FREE


Admission to a theme park can be expensive. So, too, are visits to many of Florida’s top attractions. The good news is that Southwest Florida offers plenty of activities and events that don’t cost a thing while immersing you in local color. n Musical interludes From Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda to Mercato in Naples and Stan’s Idle Hour on […]

SIGNATURE EVENTS

LEE COUNTY The Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival Jan. 27-28 The 20th annual festival celebratesthe heritage, history, culture and traditions of the Celtic lands through musicand dance. — Centennial Park, Fort Myerswww.celticheritageproductions.com The Southwest FloridaWine & Food Fest TBAThe signature event of SWFL Children’s Charities, which usually takesplace in mid-January and consists ofdinners in private homes followed by anafternoon tasting and auction, […]

SWFL ATTRACTIONS

LEE COUNTY The Bailey-MatthewsNational Shell Museum This one- of- a- kind museum was closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Check the website for reopening updates. Visitors learn about shells, mollusks and their natural environment through exhibits, educational programs, library services and publications. — 3075 Sanibel-Captiva RoadSanibel239-395-2233www.shellmuseum.org Edison & Ford Winter Estates The winter homes of Thomas A. Edison and […]

CULTURAL VENUES

CHARLOTTE COUNTY Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center Concerts, dancing, symphonies75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda941-833-5444www.charlotteharborecc.com Englewood Art Center A division of Ringling College of Artand Design, the Englewood centerfocuses on education, exhibitionsand events that serve as a catalystfor creativity and art appreciation inthe community.350 S. McCall Road, Englewood941-474-5548www.ringling.edu/EAC Langdon Playhouse A venue of the Charlotte Players1182 Market Circle St., Murdock941-625-4175, […]

BUILT IN SWFL

Southwest Florida’s living options will suit any budget and style. All you have to do is take your pick.

MEDIAN HOME PRICES: AUGUST 2022Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA$420,750Year-over-year change: 23.6 percentNaples-Immokalee-Marco Island MSA$755,000Year-over-year change: 23.6 percentPunta Gorda MSA$389,900Year-over-year change: 29.7 percent— Source: Florida Realtors

LOCAL FLAVOR

THINK – AND SHOP – OUT OF THE BOX WHEN INTRIGUING FLAVORS ARE WHAT YOU CRAVE


If you’re in a rut when it’s time to cook dinner, the problem might be what you are bringing home. There’s no doubt that supermarkets and big-box stores offer one-stop convenience and lots of choices — although with the recent supply-chain problems that’s not a given anymore — but if you want to give your culinary mojo a kick-start, consider […]

SWFL SHOPPING

LEE COUNTY Bell Tower At this open-air lifestyle shopping center, you’ll find everything from groceries and other everyday essentials to custom-made apparel and goods from local boutiques. Eateries and entertainment options at the recently renovated center make Bell Tower a place to connect before, during and after work. And with two adjoining hotels, it’s a day-to-night destination for rediscovering the […]

SWFL COMMUNITIES

HOME, SWEET HOME CAN BE ON A BEACH OR ISLAND, AROUND FARMLAND AND EVEN IN A SOLAR-POWERED CITY

Alva This rural, unincorporated swath of Lee County east of Fort Myers is a place of citrus groves, cattle, oak trees and woodland trails ideal for horseback riding. An assumption many newcomers make is that the town must be named for Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor who owned a winter home in Fort Myers. Not so. Sea captain Peter Nelson […]

HEALTH CARE

LEE COUNTY Lee Health runs six hospitals: Cape Coral Hospital636 Del Prado Blvd.Cape Coral239-424-2000 Gulf Coast Medical Center13681 Doctor’s WayFort Myers239-343-1000 HealthPark Medical Center9981 S. HealthPark DriveFort Myers239-343-5000 Golisano Children’s Hospitalof Southwest Florida9981 S. HealthPark DriveFort Myers239-343-KIDS (5437) Lee Memorial Hospital2776 Cleveland Ave. Fort Myers239-343-2000 The Rehabilitation Hospitalat Lee Memorial Hospital2776 Cleveland Ave.Fort Myers239-343-3900 Prime Healthcare Services runs: Lehigh RegionalMedical […]


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